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Rodgers: Everton Loss A Great Learning Game For Us

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers says today's defeat at home to Everton was a great 'learning game' for his side.

David Moyes' side did a good job on the in-form Swans. They set up exactly like you should to get a result at the Liberty Stadium. They pressed us high up the pitch and gave us very little time and space to settle into our passing game.

Goal opportunities were few and far between in the first half, as Swans could only create half chances against an Everton team who were set up well to limit the host's threat on goal.

Everton grew into the game in the second half, and Baines got them on their way on the hour mark with an excellent free-kick before Jelavic doubled their lead 17 minutes later.

Rodgers made a triple substitution but they couldn't find their way back into the game in the last 14 minutes.

'Today was a great learning game for us,'

'To compete and play at this level we need to be right at our very maximum and if our passing is just a wee bit off or our touch then we will get punished and that will be the lesson learned from today.

'It was a tight game right up until the goal, we switched off a little bit and allowed Leighton Baines to make the run inside and give away the free-kick. But give credit to Baines, it's a wonderful free-kick.

'Then this is an Everton team with great experience, there is a lot top players in that group so I'm not going to get too down on our players because they've been incredible up until now.'


Rodgers praised his players, but also the opposition - only the third team to get a win at the Liberty Stadium this season.

'The plaudits were fantastic, but that's for the outside, this is an honest group of players who work tirelessly every single day,'

'They are certainly a very humble group of players so they won't get carried away with it all.

'We're obviously disappointed with the result. The boys were brilliant, they gave everything in the game, their energy and commitment was first class but you also have to give credit to Everton.

'The players have been incredible this season so we just have to finish the season well and play as well as we can.

'But we also know we are against top players and top opposition and it won't go your way if you are not at the top of your game.'




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Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 24 2012

Time: 10:07PM

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A learning experience? Certainly was--- for players and manager. Let's start with Brendan Rodgers. His first mistake was to play Ashley Williams who was clearly not 100%. He has obviously lost weight and was short of pace and was caught out several times and was involved in giving away the free kick for the first goal and in the build-up to the second. Now a manager has got to be aware when a player is not right to play and should make the right decision. Secondly a manager must spot where things are not going right on the field and make the right substitutions. Today the substitutions were strange to say the least. Moore for Graham was fine as Graham looked tired but then to take off both wide players and bring on Lita as a wide right player was incredible. But the real howler was Mceachran--what was Rodgers thinking? The boy is too light and against the big men that Everton had was just stupid. Gower should have come on--what Has he done not to picked this season? Conspiracy theories from cynics might say that Chelsea have told Rodgers that he must give Mceachran games--no other reason seems possible I'm afraid. Saying all that, the players looked jaded today and the passing wasn't crisp--maybe the efforts they put in over the last three gmes told today. Let's hope a lesson is learned.
Philto
Brendan rodgers knows what he is doing 99 percent of the time as he has proven this season. I think hes entitled to a mistake or two. And even though he put lita out wide, there was defffinetly a method in his madness, hes far from stupid, he didnt make thats ub as well as the others for the sake of it. Unfortunatley it didnt come off. Brendan Rodgers for manager of the season, you BEAST!!!!
welshmartan
 

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